Heathrow Airport subject to environmental disclosure rules, says commissioner

Heathrow Airport Ltd (HAL) will be made to disclose environmental information when asked under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has ruled.

The commissioner deemed the airport a ‘public authority’, meaning that anyone can ask the company to disclose environmental information that it holds, with limited grounds for it to be refused. The broad definition of the phrase means that planning applications, noise emissions from aircraft, waste production, the energy consumption of its buildings and preparations for its own ‘ultra low emission zone’ could all now be requested.

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